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Cryogenic engine for Gaganyaan mission tested successfully

Cryogenic engine for Gaganyaan mission tested successfully

ISROs CE20 cryogenic engine



Tribune News Service

Shubhadeep Choudhury

New Delhi, February 21

India’s ambitious human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ has got a major boost with the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday announcing successfully completing the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine.

“Human-rating refers to rating a system that is fit to safely transport humans,” an ISRO official said. Targeted for launch in 2024-25, the Gaganyaan mission aims to launch a crew of three humans into an orbit of 400 km for a three-day mission and bring them back safely to Earth by landing in sea waters.

“ISRO has accomplished a major milestone in the human rating of its CE20 cryogenic engine that powers the cryogenic stage of the human-rated LVM3 (launch vehicle mark 3) for Gaganyaan mission with the completion of the final round of ground qualification tests on February 13. The final test was the seventh of a series of vacuum ignition tests carried out at the High Altitude Test Facility at ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri, to simulate the flight conditions,” the space agency said in a press statement.

ISRO aims to set up India's very own space station- 'Bharatiya Antariksha Station' by 2035. Another big target is to send Indian astronauts to the Moon by 2040.

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